All day i think about it then

All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.

What does this patch sewing mean you ask

What does this patch-sewing mean you ask? Eating and drinking. The heavy cloak of the body is always getting torn. You patch it with food and other ego-satisfactions. ~Rumi

If you knew yourself for even one

If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer, and always have been. Didn’t you know? ~Rumi

Rise up nimbly and go on your

Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings…. Leave and don’t look away from the sun as you go, in whose light you’re sometimes crescent, sometimes full. ~Rumi

The way the night knows itself with

The way the night knows itself with the moon, be that way with me. Or, alternately translated, Union is a raging river running toward the sea. Tonight the moon kisses the stars. O beloved, be like that to me. ~Rumi

At night i open the window and

At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window. ~Rumi

When your love contracts in anger the

When your love contracts in anger, the atmosphere itself feels threatening. But when you’re expansive, no matter what the weather, you’re in an open, windy field with friends. ~Rumi

Is what i say true say yes

Is what I say true? Say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe. ~Rumi

This is how we are with wine

This is how we are with wine and beautiful food… we want and we get drunk with wanting, then the headache and bitterness afterward. ~Rumi

You must lance an ulcer to heal

You must lance an ulcer to heal it. You must tear down parts of an old building to restore it, and so it is with a sensual life that has no spirit in it. ~Rumi

You sit here for days saying this

You sit here for days saying, This is strange business. You’re the strange business. You have the energy of the sun in you, but you keep knotting it up at the base of your spine. You’re some weird kind of gold that wants to stay melted in the furnace, so you won’t have to become coins. ~Rumi

Sorrows are the rags of old clothes

Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover, and then are taken off. That undressing, and the beautiful naked body underneath, is the sweetness that comes after grief. ~Rumi

What i most want is to spring

What I most want is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping. I’ve lived too long where I can be reached. ~Rumi

The mind this globe of awareness is

The mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe that when you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear, as you yourself do at dawn, sailing through the light. ~Rumi

Smiles come best from those who weep

The core of the seen and unseen universe smiles, but remember S…smiles come best from those who weep. Lightning, then the rain-laughter. ~Rumi